Information about the Rawhiti unit availability

Rawhiti Domain consists of 20 self-contained two-bedroom units. These units are portable, and were designed to be resistant to seismic activity and weather conditions, making them a suitable option for those who require medium-long term temporary accommodation following the Kaikoura earthquake. 

Eligibility criteria

Rawhiti Domain units will be made available to rural property owners (as defined by the relevant district plan) who undertake a primary industry activity and whose primary home or worker accommodation has been rendered uninhabitable as a result of the Kaikoura Earthquake.

The Temporary Accommodation Service (TAS) will take registrations from interested farmers and determine their eligibility. Applicants may be prioritised by need if there is high demand.

Cost associated with purchasing a Rawhiti Domain unit

The Rawhiti Domain units will be made available to eligible applicants at residual value - $24,510 per unit. Purchasers will also need to meet the costs of disconnecting, uplifting, transporting, and reinstating the unit from Rawhiti Domain to their property, which could range from $20,000 to over $30,000 depending on the location and site. Purchasers would also be responsible for obtaining the necessary building and resource consents from their local council.

We encourage those interested in purchasing a unit to consider it an investment decision, and seek financial advice on options for funding the purchase.

Financial assistance

Not at this stage. People considering purchasing a Rawhiti house are encouraged to discuss their temporary accommodation needs with their insurer and seek independent financial advice if necessary.

Accommodation for urban households

TAS is continuing to monitor housing availability in affected areas, and is investigating options if people are unable to source appropriate accommodation in the private market.

Temporary accommodation villages

The Government built 124 units at four temporary accommodation villages to house residents displaced by the 2010/2011 Christchurch earthquakes. Since 2011 over 1,100 households have been placed into village accommodation. The villages comprise:

Temporary accommodation in Christchurch

Demand for earthquake related temporary accommodation has been falling from a peak in June 2014 as EQC and private insurer led repairs and rebuilds progress and the housing market recovers. Currently 13 of the Rawhiti Domain units are vacant. The Canterbury Earthquake Temporary Accommodation Service (CETAS) will continue to work with households who require temporary accommodation, either on the private market or at one of the temporary housing villages.

More information

If you need further information, please contact:

Phone: 0800 673 227
Email: temp.accom@mbie.govt.nz